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9x22 Dance/Lab
8:00 PM (7:00 doors), $6-$16: pay as able

Alys Ayumi Ogura
Emily Michaels King
Halie Bahr

Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater
810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408-2846

BLB Ticketline: 612-825-8949 for reservations.
Full-service restaurant and bar in theater.

9x22 Dance/Lab features unfettered dance exploration. A discussion moderated by choreographer/curator Laurie Van Wieren follows each piece, giving audience and choreographer alike the opportunity to react and explore the work together. 9x22 Dance/Lab was founded in August 2003. Each month, three choreographers show work of varying styles and experience. 9x22 has become known as a place where seasoned and new choreographers can present their work and discuss it with an informed and engaged audience.

Laurie Van Wieren- LaurieVanWieren@gmail.com

After successful performances at the Southern Theater in February, Time Track Productions presents INVISIBLE at Hamline University’s Drew Fine Arts Center, Anne Simely Theater in St. Paul.

See the critically-acclaimed INVISIBLE, an hour-long movement/theater/media work for eleven women, ages 25-78.

Including luminary performers from our community: Mary Easter, Becky Heist, Ann Marie Wittenberg, Sharon Picasso, Thern Anderson, Sandy Agustin, Roxane Wallace, Kaori Kenmotsu, Kealoha Ferreira, Leila Awadallah and Paula Mann.

WHEN: Thursday and Friday, May 24 and 25: 7:30 pm
TICKETS: $15, general admission.
Cash, check and credit card accepted at the door.
Advance tickets/reservations: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3391799.

Anne Simely Theater at Hamline University | 1530 W Taylor Ave, St. Paul, MN
Paula Mann- pmann102@gmail.com, (651) 276-7982

The effects of inevitable events seem to hold us back from what we truly want to do. Twin City dance choreographers (and Nritya Kalakshetra) reflect on this during Memorial Day weekend by blending movement and live projected photography to capture moments, freezing them in time.
Carpe Momentum encourages observers to "seize the moment"!

May 26 and 27
Matinee and evening performances. $1 of every ticket sale will be donated to Wounded Warriors Project of Minnesota.

JSB TEK BOX at the Cowles Center | Second floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Katherine Hesterberg- minneapolisballetdancers@gmail.com, (612) 743-0614

Join tap dancers from around the state to celebrate National Tap Dance Day, in honor of Bill "Bojangles" Robbinson's birthday.
Hosted by Keane Sense of Rhythm, there will be many guests, prizes and tap shoes for everyone that wants to try tap dancing! Borrow a shoe and get rhythm.
11:00am to 2:00pm

Como Park Pavillion
Cathy Keane Wind- keanesense@aol.com, (612) 986-1944

The 2018 McKnight International Choreographers Impilo Mapantsula of South Africa will lead a public talk on and demonstration of pantsula as part of their residency in the Twin Cities.

Pantsula is a South African street dance style and a prominent subculture, which includes language, dress code, and music, that emerged in the 1970s in the sociopolitical context of apartheid. McKnight International Choreographers will give a live demonstration of this riveting dance form, followed by a discussion that traces the fascinating history of the form and draws parallels to the development of hip hop in the U.S. The panel will be followed by a reception with Impilo Mapantsula.

Featuring panelists:
Vusi Mdoyi, Sello Modiga, Sicelo Xaba, 2018 McKnight International Choreographers
Maia Maiden, Director and Curator, ROOTED: Hip Hop Choreographers’ Evening

Moderated by:
Arleta Little, Arts Program Officer and Director of Artist Fellowships, McKnight Foundation

Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center | 788 E 7th St, St. Paul, MN 55106

As part of the Walker Art Center's Free First Thursdays this summer, Abigail Whitmore and Annika Hansen will be leading FREE movement/workout tours of the Sculpture Garden. Come to see sculpture, move your body, get sweaty, or just generally enjoy the summer outdoors! All ages and abilities welcome.

There will be two tours each evening:
June 7 - 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm
July 5 - 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm
August 2 - 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Bring your tennis shoes, sunscreen, a friend, and meet at the Flatpak house in the Garden!

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden | 726 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN

TU Dance Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands and School Director Laurel Keen invite you to the TU Dance Center 2018 Spring Student Showcase. Students from the Children and Teen and Pre-Professional divisions will perform in works by TU Dance Artistic Director Uri Sands, TU Dance company dancers and TU Dance Center teaching artists. The advanced students of the Pre-Professional Program will be featured in a new work by TU Dance Center alumna Daonna Lewis in collaboration with the High School For Recording Arts and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, supported by a grant from the Marbrook Foundation. Please join us in celebrating these young dancers and all of their hard work!

Friday, June 8, 7:00pm
Saturday, June 9, 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Tickets: $15.00, general admission.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.tudance.org/tu-dance-center-2018-spring-showcase-june-8-9/

Rarig Center at the University of Minnesota | 330 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org, (612) 440-9028


Experience Kathak dance and music of India from a legendary cast in Parampara - The Tradition.

Katha Dance Theatre welcomes its guru, the king of Kathak, Pandit Birju Maharaj, along with Grammy-winning tabla wizard Ustand Zakir Hussain. These stars of India will perform in Minnesota for ONE NIGHT ONLY in celebration of Maharaj's 80th birthday.

The dance master is joined by three generations of Kathak dancers, his prime disciple, Saswati Sen, and three musical masters of South Asia. Parampara - The Tradition promises all the graceful expression found in Kathak dance, accompanied by fiery emotion from the musicians. The preset program gives way to spontaneous moments of improvisation. These strokes of brilliance produce fully unique jam sessions, which create a one-of-a-kind experience. A treat for dance and music lovers of all kinds.

Tickets: $100 VIP (with backstage meet-and-greet), $75, $60, $40, $25
http://www.oshag.stkate.edu or 651-690-6700

The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University | 2004 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
Jennifer Mulvey- jennifer.kathadancetheatre@gmail.com, (612) 418-8417

The 2018 McKnight International Choreographers, Impilo Mapantsula of South Africa, will give an open rehearsal of their world premiere work created for a cast of local dancers, which will debut as part of ROOTED: Hip Hop Choreographers’ Evening.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
June 11

Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center | 788 East 7th St, St. Paul, MN 55106

ICON SAM: Temple Dances is an historical, hysterical romp that takes place in the doorways, studios, alleys, and hallways of 528 Hennepin Avenue. Now The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, this building has been many things, most notably a Masonic Temple. The roaming show features choreography by award-winning local dancemakers Wynn Fricke, HIJACK, Lise Houlton, Judith Howard, Judith Brin Ingber, Sally Rousse, Darrius Strong, and others and explores notions of transition and inclusiveness.

ICON SAM: Temple Dances is a traveling experience throughout the eight marbled floors of The Cowles Center. Due to the site-specific nature of the performance, there is very limited capacity. Limit: 40 tickets per show.

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Ann Erickson- aerickson@thecowlescenter.org, (612) 206-3630

Off-Leash Area presents Inbox @ the Art Box, directed by Sarah Hauss and presented in our new intimate performance space, the Off-Leash Art Box. Inbox @ the Art Box is a grass-roots, artist-centered, and must-see new event, highlighting the incredible quality and diversity of Twin Cities professional dance on a single stage.

Featuring works by: Denise Armstead, Leila Awadallah, Ariella Brown, Kathryn Dudley, Blake Nellis, Jill Patterson, Charles Renato, Melissa Rolnick, Jesse Schmitz Boyd, and Christopher Watson.

Come witness some of the freshest and fiercest dance in the city–your inbox is full!

The Off-Leash Art Box | 4200 E 54th St, Minneapolis

Award-winning. Original. Connected.

Celebrate the foundations of Hip Hop with the first and only choreographers’ evening dedicated to dance under the Hip Hop umbrella and its roots.

Sold out every year since its debut, this multifaceted show exhibits the skills and techniques of the finest choreographers in the Twin Cities. Don't miss this high energy performance where audience members can share space with Minnesota's diverse Hip Hop community including special guest artists from South Africa and New York!

Friday, June 15, 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018

7:00 PM

Wellstone Center | 179 Robie St E, St. Paul, MN 55107
Maia Maiden- connect@maiamaiden.com, (800) 838-3006

For their 25th anniversary concert series, the vibrant and bold Flying Foot Forum presents an inspiring evening of dance, theatre and percussion set in a Paris sidewalk café.

Director/Choreographer Joe Chvala and his merry band of players bring their signature storytelling to a turn-of-the-20th century Paris nightclub, conjuring up the spirits of bygone Paris from jazz artists and cabaret singers to tap dancers extraordinaire, a flamenca powerhouse, and spirited performances reminiscent of Loie Fuller, Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. It's eclectic, fun, wild, and of course there's the can-can. French Twist will include fan favorites from the past 25 years as well as two evenings of new works and the premiere of the movie Split Rock Shuffle.

“A Francophile’s dream: or rather, an absinthe-soaked, fantastical mélange of hyper-kinetic dancing, rapid-fire rhyming, wildly inventive percussion, live on-stage music and vibrantly patterned costuming.” —Camille LeFevre, Star Tribune

Park Square Theatre | 20 West 7th Place, St. Paul, MN
Park Square Theatre- parksquare@parksquaretheatre.org, (651) 291-7005


Location: PIM - Performing Institute of Minnesota
Classes taught by Lara Ciganko.
June 11-15: 9AM-3PM. Ages nine through fourteen.
In this week-long session, students will experience classes in ballet and modern each day, as well as variations, choreography, folk dance and more.

Schedule - subject to change​
9:00–9:30: Yoga/Pilates
9:30–10:50: Ballet
11:00–11:45: Variations
11:45–12:15: Lunch
12:20–1:20: Modern
1:30–2:30: Dance Composition
2:40–3:30: Folk/Jazz/Wellness

Performing Institute of Minnesota | 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 ​
Eileen Kamp- midwestballetmn@gmail.com, (612) 564-8672

Dance with Ballet Royale this summer!

Ballet Royale's summer intensives are comprehensive day programs providing the finest professional instruction for all ages. Master teachers join our renowned faculty to give professional instruction in a structured and focused setting, including Dierdre Chapman (former First Soloist with England's Royal Ballet) and Courtney Elizabeth Stewart (former Soloist with San Francisco Ballet).

June "Spring into Summer" Intensive
Featuring Progressing Ballet Technique. June 11-29. NO AUDITION REQUIRED. Intermediate/advanced to professional.

Male Dancer Intensive
June 11–15. Ages ten and older.

July Summer Intensive
July 9–27. AUDITION REQUIRED FOR UPPER DIVISION. Students ages eight through professionals.

Ballet Royale Grand Prix Variations Workshop
August 6–17. AUDITION REQUIRED. Ages ten and older.

Pointe Preparatory Workshop
August 19–24. Girls ages eleven and older.

Youth Ballet August Jump-Start
August 20–24.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 6368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt- info@balletroyalemn.org, (952) 452-3163

Have your little dancer (ages four through nine) join Ballet Royale this summer for our Creative Story Ballet Day Camps!

Ballet Royale offers two separate sessions, June 16 and July 14, where children have the opportunity to experience the joy of dance and performance! Children will have the opportunity to perform a short age-appropriate dance inspired by a Disney movie. Workshop includes a short in-studio performance for family and friends.

June 16 and July 14
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 6368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt- info@balletroyalemn.org, (952) 452-3163

TU Dance Center offers its second eight-week session of adult workshops during the 2018 Spring Session.

Session 2: April 9 - June 4. No classes May 28.

Cost: $15.00 individual class drop-in rate, cash, check or debit/credit card at TU Dance Center.

Midday Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson
Mondays, 12:00-1:30pm

Adult Beginning Ballet with Tina Anderson Wallum
Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30pm

Evening Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson
Wednesdays, 7:00pm-8:30pm

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org, (612) 440-9028

Join TU Dance Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands and TU Dance Center faculty and guest artists for the 2018 TU Dance Summer Program and Intensive.

The Children and Teen Summer Program introduces the joy of creative movement and beginning dance technique to students aged five through 20. Classes, divided by age, provide a comprehensive base on which to expand by developing body awareness, coordination, balance, flexibility, strength and musicality. July 9–28, 2018.

The Pre-Professional Summer Intensive is a rigorous course of study integrating modern, ballet, African, conditioning, workshop and repertory work for students up to age 24. The program has five levels. For level placement, please contact us at education@tudance.org or 612-605-1925. Placement can be determined by attending an open class at TU Dance Center (by appointment only), by submitting a video link (modern and ballet phrase), or during the first day of the intensive. July 30–August 18, 2018.

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org, (612) 440-9028

As part of Artist in Residence Sally Rousse's upcoming ICON SAM: Temple Dances June production, Sally is partnering with Don't You Feel It Too? for free movement sessions. The first part, led by certified Gaga teacher Berit Ahlgren, brings bodies of all backgrounds and experiences together to tune into simple images, warming up the mind and flesh. After a discussion break, we tune into our own portable music and dance for ourselves, for the common good, followed by a final discussion. Warm up your heart and soul and move among your community!

In order to participate in Don't You Feel It Too? please bring earbuds and your favorite pocket music. Extra earbuds will be provided if you do not have any. No previous dance experience needed.

All sessions will take place in The Cowles Center lobby/entrance. No pre-registration required.

When: May 24, 5:30 PM - Cowles Center Lobby

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Elyse Chambers- echambers@thecowlescenter.org, (612) 206-3643

May 30 at 6:00PM
Space is limited. Advanced registration required.
To RSVP, call: 651.282.3115 or secure your spot online.

Get a jump on your dance moves and hang with Arch8 at the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center! Members of Arch8 will demonstrate how to incorporate parkour into dance routines, explore using the human body as a prop, and collaborate with others to create a larger expressive repertoire.

This workshop is great for any dancers who want to add more dynamic and athletic movement to their dance vocabulary and to network with professional dancers.

This event is presented by the Ordway as part of the Flint Hills Family Festival.

Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center | 788 East 7th St, St. Paul, MN 55106
Jeff Miller- jmiller@ordway.org

Fascinated by the raw dynamic of street dance and by the subtlety of classical forms, choreographer Victor Quijada and his company, RUBBERBANDance Group based in Montréal, have been knocking down barriers between the different types of movement styles for over fifteen years. This training system was first developed to create a common language between performers of opposite movement backgrounds—in the collaboration between "classically trained contemporary dancers" and "auto-didactic b-boys".

Assisted by company member Amara Barner, Victor will lead a three-hour workshop in the RUBBERBAND METHOD. This method consists of tools and exercises and that amplify awareness of the body, add possibilities to locomotion, and heighten decision-making in improvisation and performance. Space for this workshop is extremely limited!

When: Wednesday, May 30, 6:00-9:00pm
Where: Cowles Center, second floor, Target Education Studio
Cost: $20, cash only at the door.
Registration required: https://goo.gl/forms/EzbPkdvF1DSBrxpu1

Photo: Carolyn DiLoreto

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Elyse Chambers- echambers@thecowlescenter.org, (612) 206-3643

The 2018 McKnight International Choreographers, Impilo Mapantsula of South Africa, will lead a series of community classes in pantsula, tapsula, and gumboot. Pantsula is a South African street dance style and a prominent subculture that developed in the sociopolitical context of apartheid. With roots that go back to the 1950s and the Sophiatown era, pantsula emerged in the 1970s and incorporates language, dress code, music, and dance. Tapsula is a dance form that combines tap and pantsula, and gumboot is a percussive style related to pantsula, performed in tall rubber boots. For full class details and registration information, please use the link listed below.

Tapsula/Gumboot Class – Saturday, June 2
The Cowles Center; 10am-12pm

Pantsula Class – Monday, June 4
Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center; 6:30pm-8:00pm

Pantsula Class – Saturday, June 9
The Cowles Center; 10am-11:30am

Pantsula Class – Saturday, June 16
Wellstone Center; 4:30pm-5:30pm


NO CLASS May 25, Memorial Weekend or June 1, Zenon session break.

Friday Morning Jazz at Zenon starts up again for summer session on June 8 in partnership with Rhythmically Speaking!

Zenon jazz instructors Erinn Liebhard, Karla Grotting and Mary Ann Bradley will open and close the session, with the choreographers of Rhythmically Speaking 10/2018 each offering a master class highlighting their perspectives on jazz and its interaction with other American vernacular dance forms. All are welcomed to join us for a summer sampler of different approaches to groove-driven musicality!

In conjunction, there will also be three special events, all at the Cowles:
Celebrating Ten Years of RS
June 22 from 11:00am-12:30pm

Minnesota Jazz Dance Company Reunion
During class time on July 20

Critical Conversation - What IS American Vernacular Dance?
August 3 from 11:00am-12:30pm

For teacher schedule and details on these events visit the provided link, and come to class on June 8.

Zenon Dance Company and School, Studio 4A | Cowles Center Fourth Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erin Liebhard- ekliebs@gmail.com

For young adults to adults, with live music, pre-professional level.
Monday–Friday, June 11–29, 2018.

A three-week summer training program three hours each day, five days per week will introduce Yorchha™, our contemporary Indian dance aesthetic, in technique classes that build in complexity over three weeks and include learning a short piece from our repertoire.

The deadline for submitting applications is May 25, 2018. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. We will respond to all applications within ten days or less with our decision. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis until we reach capacity at 40 participants.

For information and to apply: http://www.ananyadancetheatre.org/event/summer-intensive-with-ananya-dan...

Join us for the first set of activities in our new dance and community space on University Ave in St. Paul, one and a half blocks west of the Lexington LRT station.

Ananya Dance Theatre | 1197 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55104

Eleventh Annual Fakoly Drum & Dance Project
June 15-17

An authentic, culturally-immersive experience into the world of traditional West African drum and dance. The workshop offers hand drumming and dance classes for the community at any level and any age, beginner through advanced. Instruction is provided by professional master drummers and dancers from Guinea and Haiti who are dedicated to sharing their knowledge of traditional percussion and movement.

Dancers - Baba Bangoura, Naby Bangoura, Sana Bangoura, Mouminatou Camara, Youssouf Koumbassa, Djenane St. Juste

Pre-registration specials end May 30:
One or two classes - $17/class
Three to five classes - $16/class
Six or more - $15/class
Beginner dance - $10/class

Regular drop-in rate - $18/class

“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”

Barbara Barker Dance Center | University of Minnesota, 500 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney McClusky- whitney@duniyadrumanddance.org, (651) 338-5409

Cash only; no pre-registration required.

ROOTED Sampler Class
From Old School to New School and everything in between, get on the floor with upcoming, recognized and award-winning dancers right from the Twin Cities! Featuring A+, Al Taw'am Gambit Family and New Black City.

Master Classes with New York Invasion

1:30PM-3:00PM, $15
Come learn from the best New York dancers on the scene! Join the legendary Kwikstep and Rokafella as they teach Breaking style, technique and choreography.

3:00PM-4:30PM, $15
Words, flows and cyphers! Take a lyrical journey with highly acclaimed spoken word artist Toni Blackman-the first Hip Hop Cultural Ambassador to the U. S. State Department.

Master Class with Impilo Mapantsula-South Africa
Street. Roots. Style.
Connect with the master trio of Vusi Mdoyi, Sicelo Xaba and Sello Modiga, 2018 McKnight International Choreographers, as they teach Pantsula.
As they say in South Africa: Sharp! Sharp!

Wellstone Center | 179 Robie St E, St. Paul, MN 55107
Maia Maiden- connect@maiamaiden.com, (612) 356-2314

Intermediate Musical Theater Jazz Intensive!

Students ages ten to fourteen: looking to improve your performance or physical technique? Get a step ahead this summer!

This week-long workshop will allow dancers to experiment with a variety of dance styles, train with numerous esteemed instructors, and master musical theater choreography in repertoire class. This week will culminate with a performance for family and friends on the last Friday of the session.

Ritz Theater | 345 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Shapiro & Smith Dance is looking forward to dancing with you this summer! Our summer workshop is for intermediate and advanced level dancers and the focus is learning and performing dances from our repertory. The work is technically challenging, inherently musical and marvelously expressive.

We hope you’ll join us!

Shapiro & Smith Summer Workshop
July 2 - 13, Monday – Friday. Saturday, July 7 will replace Wednesday, July 4.
10:00am - 11:00am: Warm-Up/Technique
11:00am - 1:00pm: Repertory Rehearsals
Taught by the artists of Shapiro & Smith Dance and Joanie Smith.

Barbara Barker Center for Dance
Public Showing: Friday, July 13 at 12pm
Registration and information contact: jsmith@shapiroandsmithdance.org

Cost: $395, payment due June 25.
Fifteen percent discount if paid by June 15!

Payment should be sent to:
Shapiro & Smith Dance
Barker Dance Center, 500 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Laura Virtucio- lvirtucio@gmail.com

Join Crash Dance Productions for four days of contemporary dance technique, improvisation, and repertory. Participants will work alongside teaching artists from the company to learn pieces from Crash’s repertory, culminating in a showing for friends and family at the JSB TEK BOX at the Cowles Center.

We are pleased to offer advanced and pre-professional four-day intensives, as well as an all ages/levels one-day intensive.

Advanced is recommended for preteen and teen dancers, or any dancer with previous dance training. Dancers will have daily warm up, followed by repertory.

Pre-professional is recommended for teens and adults, or any dancer with a strong contemporary dance background. Dancers will have daily contemporary class (warm up, technique and improvisation), followed by repertory.

Pre-professional dancers interested in taking class only (without participation in intensive showing) can drop-in on a daily basis. Drop-ins can pre-register online, or pay at the door.

JSB TEK BOX at the Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Authentic Movement (AM) promotes deep embodied awareness. In this didactic and experiential course, participants will be introduced to the form of Authentic Movement and will also explore and deepen their own embodied experience of their inner proprioceptive experiences. In addition, alternative structures and the use of other creative modalities will be introduced. This course is appropriate for anyone interested in pursuing dance/movement therapy registration (R-DMT), psychotherapists wanting to integrate more embodied, somatically-based approaches into their clinical practice, and others who want to deepen their understanding and experience of Authentic Movement. It is approved by the ADTA for Alternate Route credit. Instructor: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb

Center for Performing Arts | 3754 Pleasant Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb- loebx001@umn.edu, (612) 916-1829

Authentic Movement (AM) nurtures the ability to be deeply present to both one’s own and another’s embodied experiences. In this didactic and experiential course, participants will continue to learn about and explore the form of Authentic Movement in relationship to clinical work. Specific foci include: 1) exploring and deepening an understanding the Witness role, in relationship to client/therapist intersubjectivity, somatic countertransference, and kinesthetic empathy; and 2) briefly exploring adaptations and contraindications of Authentic Movement with different populations and settings. This course is appropriate for anyone interested in integrating more embodied, somatically-based approaches into their clinical practice and others who want to deepen their understanding and experience of Authentic Movement. This course is approved by the ADTA for credit toward the R-DMT through alternate route.

Instructors: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb MA, MFA, BC-DMT, LMFT, CMA, SEP; WoS

Center for Performing Arts | 3754 Pleasant Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb- loebx001@umn.edu, (612) 916-1829

Trauma significantly impacts our physical, emotional, and psychological identity as well as our interpersonal relationships. This experiential and didactic course will explore dance/movement therapy and somatic therapy-based approaches for working with clients who have experienced trauma.

Specific areas of focus will include 1) neurological perspectives on the impact of trauma; 2) DMT and somatic techniques for working with various types of trauma; 3) stages of the trauma healing process; and 4) considerations when working with groups and individuals from a multicultural perspective.

Class sessions will include lectures, discussion, experiential exercises, video observations and leadership practice. This course is approved by the American Dance Therapy Association, for Alternate Route R-DMT credit. Instructors: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb MA, MFA, BC-DMT, LMFT, CMA, SEP; WoS

Center for Performing Arts | 3754 Pleasant Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb- loebx001@umn.edu, (612) 916-1829

Movement is a language, but how do we know its meaning? How can we understand movement's nuanced power to communicate? Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) examines the subtle meanings within all patterns of movement and physical actions. Participants will study the communicative and expressive nature of all forms of movement from a multi cultural lens. The course is pre-approved by the American Dance Therapy Association for Alternate route R-DMT. Instructor: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb MA, MFA LMFT, BC-DMT, CMA, PWAssoc, SEP, WoS.

Eagan, MN
Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb- loebx001@umn.edu, (612) 916-1829


Mayer Arts is looking for dance instructors for the 2018-2019 school year.

We have classes in locations all over the Twin Cities metro area.
This position offers great pay in a creative, fun and casual program!

Go to www.mayerarts.com/employment/ for more information.

Gina Mayer- gina@mayerarts.com, (952) 836-5651

Touch of Grace Dance Studio is looking for outgoing and disciplined instructors for the fall of 2018.

Styles needed include: tap, musical theater, hip hop, ballroom and jazz. Days and hours are flexible, and the pay is negotiable based on experience.

Applicant Requirements:
- Dance degree or professional performance experience is required.
- Minimum one year of teaching experience.
- Must enjoy working with children and being a team player.

Please send resume and links to some of your work to colcottdance@gmail.com.
For more information:

Touch Of Grace Dance Studio | 30 Main St, Hutchinson, MN 55350
Corinne Olcott- colcottdance@gmail.com, (320) 296-6250

9x22 Dance/Lab features unfettered dance exploration. A discussion moderated by choreographer/curator Laurie Van Wieren follows each piece, giving audience and choreographer alike the opportunity to react and explore the work together. 9x22 Dance/Lab was founded in August 2003. Each month, three choreographers show work of varying styles and experience. 9x22 has become known as a place where seasoned and new choreographers can present their work and discuss it with an informed and engaged audience. All levels of experience are welcomed and will be considered.

To apply please follow this link: https://goo.gl/Tsjh6X.
You will be taken to a very short online application form.

Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater | 810 W Lake St, Mpls
Laurie Van Wieren- LaurieVanWieren@gmail.com

Twin Cities Ballet has openings for paid male company dancers and unpaid male and female apprentices for the 2018-2019 season!

Male Company Position:
Soloist and Principal level; competitive salaried position. Season runs approximately September 2018–May 2019: 34 weeks.

All Dancers:
Applicants must have strong classical ballet foundation and contemporary (modern) technique, excellent performance skills, good work ethic, and a desire to continually grow and advance both technically and artistically.

To arrange an audition, contact TCB directly: info@twincitiesballet.org or 952-452-3163.

TCB is an innovative professional ballet company that creates original high-quality performances, including our most recent sold-out show Pink Floyd's The Wall: A Rock Ballet. TCB introduces and promotes the artistry, discipline, and athleticism of ballet and other dance forms to and for Minnesota communities.

Rick Vogt- info@twincitiesballet.org, (952) 452-3163

We are a well-established ballroom dance club located in Appleton, Wisconsin with exciting employment opportunities available. Get extensive training throughout your employment. The Club is growing and we would like to offer the opportunity to grow with us! This is a salaried positon with paid benefits.

Call us at 920-731-8851 or email tcdanceappleton@gmail.com. Take the first step to a skill that will last a lifetime!

For more information:

1004 S. Olde Oneida St, Appleton, WI 54915
Terry Irwin- tcdanceappleton@gmail.com, (920) 731-8851

Audition for The Middle Keeps Moving—an original Loom Lab production at The Southern Theater as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Seeking interdisciplinary artists for our next devised production, The Middle Keeps Moving. Through clowning, movement, story, and music, this show will focus on the dissonant experience of surviving trauma and continuing to live in a society that functions according to linear time. The devising process will employ ensemble building, conversation, and tools to develop individual movement vocabulary. Additionally, the process will include holding space for conversations about trauma and its effects while ensuring the health and safety of everyone involved as we explore these topics. All performers will receive a stipend.

Audition dates and times:
Thursday, May 31 - Group A: 6:00-7:15pm
Thursday, May 31 - Group B: 7:30-8:45pm
Saturday, June 2 - Group C: 4:00-5:15pm
Saturday, June 2 - Group D: 5:30-6:45pm

Mariah Larkin- directors@loom-lab.org, (651) 500-0433

OPEN CALL for creative performers interested in interactive performance experimentation.

During the largest one-day street fair in Minnesota (200,000-300,000 people) in St. Paul, I am curating a collection of PIP art pieces.

PIP=Participatory Interactive/Immersive Performance. These art pieces enhance and instigate interaction on the street during this event. The principle is to design an interactive piece which allows people to choose to participate, to facilitate, or to watch.
Examples are in this video: https://vimeo.com/201978320.

Pitch an idea by THURSDAY, MAY 25 to pipartpopup@gmail.com.
We will meet once (maybe a second time if we decide) on SATURDAY, MAY 26 at 10:00 am in St. Paul.
Plan to perform for as long as you want during the event SUNDAY, JUNE 3 from 12:00-4:00pm.

A small stipend will be offered to people who commit and perform.
Feel free to contact Rene with questions or if you are curious.

Rene Meyer-Grimberg- pipartpopup@gmail.com, (651) 503-5846


Momentum: New Dance Works is a hugely respected platform for commissioning and presenting original contemporary dance of all genres, featuring works created by four early career/emerging choreographers/choreographic collaborations based in Minnesota. The program is hosted by The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, in partnership with Walker Art Center and Movement Research (NYC). In addition to financially supporting and presenting the new creations, the fourteen-month process combines professional development and creative process exchanges, and culminates in a two-week performance festival July 11-13 and 18-20, 2019 at the Frey Theater.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 11, 2018 by 6 PM CDT. APPLICATION: https://oshag.stkate.edu/momentum/application/

For more info: https://oshag.stkate.edu/momentum/ or contact Michèle Steinwald at momentum.newdance@gmail.com

Momentum is supported by a grant from the Jerome Foundation.

Photo: //CATHEDRAL\\, Momentum 2017, by Alice Gebura

Michèle Steinwald- momentum.newdance@gmail.com


Great location at 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis. Jawaahir Dance Company studio at the corner of Minnehaha and Lake next door to the police station. Over 2000 square feet with windows, two mirrored walls, and a sprung hardwood floor. Off-street parking and bike rack. Only two blocks from the Lake Street/Midtown light rail station, and on the 7, 21, 27, and 53 bus routes. Fully handicapped accessible.

Bloomington location at 9050 Lyndale Ave in the lower level of the Great Bear Center. Bright space of 900 square feet with one full mirrored wall and one partial. Double ballet barres. Small sitting area.

Visit our website at http://jawaahir.org/SpaceRental.htm for photos and more information.
Contact Jenny Piper for pricing and availability.

Jenny Piper- genmanager@jawaahir.org, (952) 393-8429

Calling all Fringe Festival artists! The Off-Leash Art Box is offering discounted rental rates to all Fringe performers when you book ten or more hours of rehearsal time:

Studio Space - $10/hour (regularly $15/hour)
Performance Space - $15/hour (regularly $25/hour)

The Art Box offers both studio and performance space, with wall-to-wall sprung wood floors and a great variety of audience seating options. Join a growing network of incredible artists and community members who are making the Art Box home for their next rehearsal, performance, or event!

To learn more about features and rental rates, visit our website: http://www.offleasharea.org/rentalscalendar.html

4200 E 54th St, Minneapolis, MN 55417

St. Paul Ballet is unveiling its newest specialized summer 2018 training workshop, the SPB Company In-Residency Program!

With participation in this program, three professional company dancers from SPB will come to your studio to give challenging classical and contemporary ballet training in tailored, customized classes based on your studio needs.

The SPB Company In-Residency Program is offered in one-, three- or five-day workshops this summer. Classes may include ballet, pointe, classical repertoire, men’s technique, pas de deux, contemporary choreography, variations, nutrition, dance history, conditioning for dancers, yoga for dancers, and other specialized lectures such as “how to audition,” and “mental tips for better performances/competitions.” Studio dancers will create a connection with this professional dance company and school.

To learn more or reserve SPB company staff for this program please contact SPB Artistic Director, Zoé Henrot.


Easy access from light rail; convenient location at Fairview Ave and University Ave in St. Paul.

Please contact Andrea Lane for more details.

655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN
Andrea Lane- alane@spballet.org, (651) 690-1588

TU Dance Center is offering its spacious dance studios for rent when available.

TU Dance Center has studios that are 33x56 feet (Studio One) and 21x46 feet (Studio Two) with sprung floors and Marley-type surface, fixed and portable barres, mirrors, pianos, sound equipment, high ceilings, and natural light. The Center also features an air conditioned green room, kitchenette and dressing room, and free off-street parking.

TU Dance Center is convenient to both Minneapolis and St. Paul from I-94/Vandalia exit. Find us on the north side of University Avenue, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side.

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez- abdo.sayegh@tudance.org, (612) 367-6681


Erin Thompson teaches advanced modern dance classes at Zenon this winter. Classes explore experiential anatomy, ease and efficiency of movement, and power from the ground.

Advanced Modern
Thursdays, 9:30am-11:00am
With Dean Magraw on guitar!

$15 per 90-minute class, $1 off for professionals; $140 for a ten-class card.

Zenon Dance School | The Cowles Center, Fourth Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erin Thompson- thomp065@umn.edu, (612) 221-3186

MDT's Open Division offers drop-in ballet classes for adults and teens ages sixteen and older.

• Classes seven days a week
• All levels
• Piano accompaniment
• Spacious studios in the heart of Minneapolis
• A noncompetitive atmosphere

Final class, Thursday, May 24: 6:30-7:00pm

Sunday, 11:30am-1:00pm
Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm

Monday, 6:45-8:15pm, Pointe 8:15-8:45pm
Saturday, 9:00-10:30am

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30pm
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm, Pointe 8:30-9:00pm

Sunday, 11:15am-12:45pm, Pointe 12:45-1:15pm

Monday–Friday, 9:30-11:00am
Saturday, 10:30am-12:00pm

BALLET FUNDAMENTALS - Preregistration required
Next session: July 10 - August 30
Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm

MDT Studios at The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Justin Leaf- justin.leaf@mndance.org, (612) 338-0627

Belly dance is a great total body workout that builds strength, is easy on your joints, and increases your flexibility. You will learn basic movements and then build upon them.

Spring session began on Monday, April 2 and will run for ten weeks, with some classes extending into week eleven.

Drop-in hour and a half classes are $18 each.
We have class cards that allow students to take unlimited classes within a calendar month at $105 for beginner-level classes.

Please remember to check “Today's Classes” on our website at http://www.cassandraschool.com to see if your class has been cancelled or has any notifications.

Classes are at these locations:
In Minneapolis at 3010 Minnehaha Ave, next to the police station.
In Bloomington at 9050 Lyndale Ave So, in the Great Bear Center.

Jenny Piper- genmanager@jawaahir.org, (612) 872-6050

Midwest School of Ballet offers classes for all ages.

BALLET FUNDAMENTALS I, II, III - ages three through eight: Age-appropriate motor skills and musicality are developed with basic, fundamental ballet movement and terminology through creative exercises. Moving up into levels builds further into infusing elements that will prepare them for the traditional ballet class format.

BALLET LEVEL I, II, III - ages eight and older: The traditional ballet format of barre and center work is emphasized with proper alignment, technique, musicality, and artistry. Student musicality and quality of movement is developed to produce artistic distinction and expression between supple, graceful, strong, and bounding movement.


MODERN - ages ten and older.

Adult and Teen:
Ballet for Teens and Athletes
Beginning Adult Ballet

Classes held at:
Performing Institute of Minnesota (PIM) | 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 ​
Edina Community Center (ECC) | 5701 Normandale, Edina, MN

Eileen Kamp- midwestballetmn@gmail.com, (612) 564-8672

Register now for Midwest School of Ballet's Summer classes.

Location: PIM - Performing Institute of Minnesota, Eden Prairie
Classes taught by Lara Ciganko.
June 11-15: 9AM-3PM. Ages nine through fourteen.
In this week-long session students will experience classes in ballet and modern each day, variations, choreography, folk dance and more.

Location: PIM ​
Classes taught by Eileen Kamp.
THURSDAYS, June 18-August 3
Fundamental I - ages three and four: 9:30-10:15am OR 5:15-6:00pm
Fundamental II - ages five and six: 10:30-11:30am
Fundamental II/III - ages five through seven: 6:00-7:00pm
Pre-Teen Intro to Ballet - ages eight through fourteen: 7:00-8:15pm

Location: ECC - Edina Community Center
Classes taught by Marcia Keegan.
TUESDAYS, June 12-August 14
Fundamental I - ages three and four: 9:00-9:45am
Fundamental II//III - ages five through seven: 10:00-11:00am
Ballet for Teens and Athletes - ages eight through fourteen: 11:00-12:30pm

Adult Ballet: Thursdays and Saturdays

Eileen Kamp- midwestballetmn@gmail.com, (612) 564-8672

Boys' Club is an introduction to ballet, conditioning, flexibility and technique particular to male dancers. Plenty of jumping and strength exercises. Boys in the class also have the opportunity to perform in the School of St. Paul Ballet spring showcase in May 2018.

What to wear: white shirt, black shorts or tights, black ballet slippers.

Boys' Club – drop-in for boys ages seven through eleven.

1:00pm - 2:00pm, Saturdays
FREE to dance!

655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN
Laura Greenwell- lgreenwell@spballet.org, (651) 690-1588

Dance Expressions - ages four through six. Students explore their imaginations by moving their bodies through space. Saturdays, 8:45-9:30am.

Adult Fundamentals Ballet - ages thirteen and older. For the adult with no ballet experience! Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm.

Adult Beginning Ballet - ages sixteen and older. For the student who enjoyed ballet as a child or has had three or more months of classical ballet. Wednesdays, 7:30-8:45pm and Saturdays, 8:45-10:00am.

Adult Life Long Ballet and Conditioning - ages eighteen and older. A gentle ballet class for dancers of all ages! Mondays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am. Conditioning Class from 11:30-12:00pm.

655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN
Andrea Lane- alane@spballet.org, (651) 690-1588

Open Professional Classes: Join us Monday-Friday from 10-11:30AM and take your morning ballet class from some of the Twin Cities' finest teachers. Teaching Artists: Laura Greenwell, Jeffrey Hankinson, and Deborah Nettell.

Intermediate Open Classes: St. Paul Ballet has teen and adult intermediate classes four days a week!
Mondays, 7:30-9:00pm with Helen Hatch
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm with Zoé Henrot, followed by Adult Pointe 8:30-9:00pm.
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm with Anna Goodrich
Saturdays, 10:00-11:30am with Deborah Nettell

655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN
Andrea Lane- alane@spballet.org, (651) 690-1588

Join Ballet Royale Minnesota this summer!
Ballet Royale offers a wide variety of summer term classes for all ages and levels, specialty workshops, and intensives:

- Pre-Ballet Creative Dance, ages three through six
- Creative Story Ballet Day Camps, ages four through nine
- Summer Intensive Programs, boys and girls ages seven and older
- Pointe Preparatory Workshop, girls ages eleven and older
- Classical Ballet, day and evening, beginner through advanced, all ages
- Youth Ballet August Jump-Start Intensive, for boys and girls

Register today!

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 6368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt- info@balletroyalemn.org, (952) 452-3163

Join Ballet Royale Minnesota’s FREE Boys' Program!

Unique in Minnesota, Ballet Royale's innovative Boys' Program is designed specifically for boys and both created and taught by male teachers. These classes focus on strength, stamina, conditioning, coordination, focus, and agility in a fun, creative atmosphere.

Classes include:
- Boys' Creative Dance Adventures - ages five to seven
- Boys' Dance Cross-Training - ages seven and older
- Ballet for Boys I and II - ages seven and older
- Boys' Intermediate Ballet - by approval and invitation

Ballet Royale’s Ballet for Boys classes are for students ages five to nineteen, with or without prior dance experience, and are developed and taught primarily by former professional dancer Rick Vogt.

Participants just need enthusiasm, commitment, and regular attendance.

Class registration is ongoing so JOIN TODAY!

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 6368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt- info@balletroyalemn.org, (952) 452-3163

TU Dance Center offers a variety of open classes in ballet, Horton-based modern, West African, Gaga, improvisation, and contemporary techniques. Classes are for intermediate and advanced levels.

Teaching artists include Toni Pierce-Sands, Berit Ahlgren, Kenna-Camara Cottman, Penny Freeh, Laurel Keen, Blake Nellis, Kerry Parker, Abdo Sayegh, Erin Thompson and Elayna Waxse.

For current class listings, please visit the link below. Schedule is subject to change. Cost: $14/class, $120/ten-class card.

Find us on the north side of University Avenue, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side. There is free parking in the lot in front of TU Dance Center.

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org, (612) 440-9028

Come take class with COLLIDE’s current professional company! Taught by seasoned industry professionals, classes are welcome to all abilities and dance backgrounds. Teachers this season have included Regina Peluso (jazz, musical theater), Riley Thomas Weber (ballet), Michael Gruber (musical theater), Tony Vierling (tap) Andrea Mislan Diaz (commercial) and Kerry Parker (ballet).

$10 drop-in.

Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30am at Ashley Ballet Arts.
For upcoming list of teachers and styles, contact COLLIDE!

Ashley Ballet Arts | 1000 Boone Ave N #360, Golden Valley, MN 55427

crash.dance.productions is a professional, contemporary dance company located in the Twin Cities. Company members work together to choreograph/train while sharing their passion for dance with the local community. Now in its fourteenth season, CDP upholds the vision of its founding members: the creation and performance of dance should be a shared experience between artists and viewers alike. CDP is hosting Sunday night open class for youth and adult dancers. The company seeks to share their enthusiasm for creation, collaboration, and the art of movement with other local dancers.

Sunday, 4:00 - 5:30pm: Open company class
$10 cash, check, or card at the door, or pre-purchase a class pass at: http://www.crashdanceproductions.com/buy-classes.

Straightline Dance Fitness | 34 13th Ave NE, Suite 104, Minneapolis, MN 55413

This weekly contact improvisation jam will begin with a focused warm-up led by some of the most experienced movers in the Twin Cities. We will explore how our bodies move while in physical contact with each other, focusing on mass, gravity, momentum, and inertia. We will train in sensory awareness, partnering skills, and improvisation. Warm-up will be playful, meditative, and acrobatic. An open jam follows.

The Underscore is a long-form improvisation structure created by Nancy Stark Smith. It progresses through states, ranging from internal exploration and connectivity to the earth, to energetic interactive dancing with others. A talk-through at the beginning and a "map" taped to the wall depicting over 20 symbols and their definitions will guide the dance.

May 28: Warm-up and Jam 6:30-9:00pm at the Beautiful Studio, 2242 University Ave, St. Paul.
Buzz number on door to gain entrance. Studio open at 6:00pm.
$10-20 suggested. All levels welcome!

Lindsay Forsythe- lint71@gmail.com, (347) 512-0892

This summer we are thrilled to offer a series of young adult/pre-professional dance classes at CREO! These classes are ideal for college students or young professionals seeking to deepen their dance training over the summer.

Classes will run on Mondays and Wednesdays from mid-July through the beginning of August. Classes are competitively priced at $15 or less per two-hour class! Free parking!

Advanced/Pre-professional Ballet/Contemporary
Monday, Wednesday, July 16 and 18, 23 and 25
Class will include pointe work or pre-pointe for dancers who are not en pointe.

Advanced/Pre-Professional Jazz/Conditioning
Monday, Wednesday, July 30 and August 1, 6 and 8

See website for punch-card purchasing options.

CREO Arts and Dance Conservatory | 1250 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata, MN 55391
Betsy Nelson- tdwcreostaff@gmail.com, (612) 636-6893